Celebrating excellence at Scottish Home Awards

The 8th annual Scottish Home Awards, sponsored by Ross + Liddell, will take place at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow this evening after another year of a record high number of entries received from across Scotland.

The Ripple Retreat
The Ripple Retreat

The awards highlight excellence in building, design, marketing and customer care across the house building industry and will be presented to innovative teams and companies creating city apartments, family housing and affordable flats as well as architectural masterpieces.

What’s more, companies attending in the Scottish Home Awards are contributing to the creation of an outstanding dream retreat for young cancer patients and their families which the Home Awards are continuing to support.

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The Ripple Retreat, a three bedroomed luxury waterside home, will be built on the southern banks of Loch Venachar by the charity It’s Good 2 Give after it received planning permission for an exceptional house designed by an award winning architect.

Fundraising for the Ripple Retreat has been well supported and the charity, set up by Lynne McNicoll four years ago, has a long history of supporting families through their cancer ordeal. “We have now raised over £1.2m for the house and fortunately we have had some tremendous support from the Scottish Home Awards. The awards help not only by raising further awareness and support from the housebuilding industry, but also through the donations received through the raffle we are providing tonight at the awards dinner.”

The charity has already received support from the homes industry. Kitchens International will supply a modern design and build kitchen dining room. Tiles are being supplied by Collinsons Ceramics. Family housebuilder Walker Group has agreed to donate £100 to the charity for every home sold in the next three years and Barratt Homes are looking at an opportunity to sponsor a family friendly structure in the grounds.

The charity is working with a contractor at present and predicting a start date for the build later this summer.

What’s more, supporters of the charity will have even more reason to celebrate tonight as Lynne McNicoll has just been appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The news comes after achieving accolades including the Scottish Institute of Fundraising Volunteer Fundraiser of the year and the City of Edinburgh Council William Y Darling Award for Good Citizenship in October 2014. Reacting to the announcement of her OBE this week, she said: “I am astonished to receive this sort of recognition; it’s a tremendous honour. I lead a unique team of volunteers, including our trustees, who have supported so many families through their cancer ordeal.

“These courageous children and their families deserve every good fortune in their lives going forward. Our gift to them will be to a short break at our Ripple Retreat. This will be a magnificent legacy for the charity, our generous supporters, and the families we have been proud to help at a difficult time in their lives.

40 families are expected to use the retreat every year for short breaks of up to seven nights each when the building is ready for residents at the beginning of next year. The central location means that children and their families will be within easy reach of hospitals, but in a tranquil and beautiful part of the world.

The Scottish Home Awards ceremony alternates between Glasgow and Edinburgh venues and the awards attract entries from the length and breadth of Scotland. This year a new category which rewards customer service has been introduced with a slew of entries.

The more established awards include House of the Year, Apartment of the Year, Renovation of the Year and awards for housing associations, building companies and architects.

The judges viewed stunning entries showcasing the best in Scottish design, offering solutions for sustainability and affordable housing and some individual dream homes.

The awards evening will culminate in the prestigious Housebuilder of the Year awards, which is being contested this year by Kier Homes Caledonia, MNM Developments, Quartermile Ventures Limited, S1 Developments, Snowdrop Developments and Westpoint Homes in the smaller development category; and by Barratt Scotland, CALA Group, Bellway Homes, Springfield Properties in the category open to those building more than 150 units a year.

The glittering occasion has new presenters for this year’s awards: comedian, TV and radio presenter Des Clarke and broadcaster Cat Cubie will be hosting. There is also an exciting line up of performers to entertain guests, including the Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band who are opening the event and Clanadonia who will be performing later.


Affordable Housing Development of the Year (Housing Associations)

Hillcrest Housing Association - Jeanfield, Perth

The City of Edinburgh Council - Greendykes, Edinburgh

Glasgow Housing Association - Marfield Street, Glasgow

Maryhill Housing Association -

Maryhill Locks, Glasgow

Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association - Anderston Phase 3, Glasgow

Small Affordable Housing Development of the Year (Housing Associations)

Bield Housing & Care - Glenfinnan Gardens, Glasgow

Eildon Housing Association and Assist Design - Rodger Fish Gardens, Kelso

Eildon Housing Association and Assist Design - Dunwhinny Gardens, Peebles

Glasgow Housing Association and Lowther Homes - Croftfoot St Julie’s, Glasgow

North Ayrshire Council - Redstone Wynd, Kilwinning

Places for People - Roman Fields, Twechar, East Dunbartonshire

Affordable Housing Development of the Year (private builders) sponsored by CIH Scotland

Kerry Smith Architects - Black Rock, Aberdeen

Places for People - Roman Fields, Twechar, East Dunbartonshire

Architectural Excellence Award sponsored by Vision Events

McInnes Gardner Architects - Helensburgh House, Glasgow

Natasha Huq Architect - 72 St. Leonard’s Street, Edinburgh

Richard Murphy Architects - Murphy House, Hart Street, Edinburgh

Apartment Development of the Year sponsored by Scotland on Sunday

Bett Homes - Richmond Gate, Oatlands, Glasgow

MNM Developments - Harbour Green, Edinburgh

Quartermile Ventures– Quartermile, Edinburgh

S1 Developments - Ellersly Road, Edinburgh

Westpoint Homes - Corstorphine Gate, Edinburgh

Westpoint Homes - West Mill, Colinton Village, Edinburgh

Renovation of the Year (multiple dwellings)

Inverdunning – The Steadings at Sundrum Castle Estate, Ayr

Strathyre Properties and All Saints Living - Larbert House and Country Estate, Falkirk

Whiteburn Parkview - Parkview, Dundee

Renovation of the Year (single dwelling)

Lorn Macneal Architects - Woodhall House, Edinburgh

Red Door Cottages and McEachern Architects - The Telephone nExchange, Stirling

Large Housing Development of the Year sponsored by David Phillips

Barratt Scotland - Den of Pitfodels, Aberdeen

Bellway Homes - Eastfields, Glasgow

Bett Homes - Venture, Dumbarton

CALA Homes - Albert Dock, Edinburgh

Cruden Homes - Oaklands, Edinburgh

Glencairn Properties - Bellevue Colonies, Edinburgh

S1 Developments - Ellersly Road, Edinburgh

Stewart Milne Homes - Laird’s Gate, Stewarton

Urban Union - Laurieston Phase 1, Glasgow

Small Housing Development of the Year sponsored by Cupa Pizarras

A&H Developments - Highland Park, Killin

Eskgrove Homes - Wadingburn by Lasswade

S1 Developments - Malta Terrace, Edinburgh

House of the Year sponsored by Stephens & George Print Group

CALA Homes - The Westmere, Albert Dock, Edinburgh

Eskgrove Homes – The Dunkeld, Wadingburn by Lasswade

Bellway Homes - The Birkdale, Stepps

Dundas Estates - The Lewis, Livingston

Springfield Properties - The Huntly, Perthshire

Snowdrop Developments Ecclesgreig Gardens, St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire

Customer Service Excellence Award sponsored by Wolffe

Barratt Scotland

CALA Group


Quartermile Ventures

Springfield Properties

Affordable Housing Innovation of the Year sponsored by SFHA

Dormont Estate - Dormont Park, Dumfriesshire

Dunedin Canmore - Little Road Phase 1, Edinburgh

Hillcrest Housing Association - Gift Aid Funding, Dundee

Kingdom Housing Association - Dunlin Drive, Fife

Senior Living Development of the Year sponsored by the Hilton Grosvenor

Bield Housing & Care - St Andrews View, Glasgow

Castle Rock Edinvar and Places for People - Fortune Place, Edinburgh

Starter Home of the Year sponsored by Ross & Liddell

Kerry Smith Architects - Black Rock, Aberdeenshire

Springfield Properties - The Dallachy at Golf View, Macduff

Westpoint Homes - Abbey Place, Paisley

Sustainable Development of the Year sponsored by The Scotsman

CCG and Loretto Housing Association - Huntershill Court, Glasgow

Eskgrove Homes – Wadingburn, Lasswade

GHA, Cruden and Anderson Bell Christie - Duke Street / High Street, Glasgow

Glasgow Housing Association and Lowther Homes - Croftfoot St Julie’s, Glasgow

Springfield Properties - Muirhouse, Edinburgh

WD Blair Associates - Croft 12, West Mains Farm, West Lothian

Show Home of the Year sponsored by Designer Contracts

Barratt Scotland - The Braemar at Osprey Heights, Aberdeenshire

Bellway Homes - The Marches, Stepps

Bett Homes - The Rosebury at Calderbrook, Glasgow

CALA Homes - The Cumberland at Trinity Park, Edinburgh

Kier Homes Caledonia - Arrochar Show Home, Hawkhead Village, Paisley

Springfield Properties - The Culbin at Robinsland, West Linton

Housing Association of the Year (less than 3000 units) sponsored by Bank of Scotland

Linstone Housing Association

Parkhead Housing Association

Housing Association of the Year (more than 3000 units) sponsored by Aareon UK

Glasgow Housing Association

Hillcrest Housing Association

House Builder of the Year (less than 150 units)

Kier Homes Caledonia

MNM Developments

Quartermile Ventures Limited

S1 Developments

Snowdrop Developments

Westpoint Homes

House Builder of the Year (more than 150 units) sponsored by Space and Time Media

Barratt Scotland

CALA Group

Bellway Homes

Springfield Properties